Radio JuxtapozSep 16, 2019
126: Erwin Wurm's One Minute Sculptures That Last a Lifetime | Radio Juxtapoz
It's refreshing to talk to an artist who likes a bit of the absurd. And who bucked the trend of his home country and started making work that blended performance, fashion, sculpture, text, video, theater and interaction that turned him into an internationally acclaimed artist who is known to make fine art out of, well, the absurd moments of daily life. Vienna-based Erwin Wurm comes from a refreshingly old school way of a studio practice that utilizes ideas over function. We might know him for his "fat sculptures" or his one-minute sculptures, and you may know him for fashion shoots for the likes of Hermès, but really, we Wurm is in a league of his own in terms of what conceptual art can be.
On the occasion of his solo museum show, HOT, on view at SCAD MOA, Radio Juxtapoz sat down with Wurm from his home in Vienna to talk about his practice, his history in the Austrian art scene, the fun of one minute sculpture and how having a museum show across the world in Savannah is great opportunity for him to talk about where he plans to go in the future.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 126 was recorded in October 2023 in Los Angeles, Vienna and London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
125: Tim Conlon Knows Freight Train Graffiti | Radio Juxtapoz
There are just certain artists who know their subject. For Tim Conlon, freight train graffiti is his muse, his subject, his love, his investigation. As a freight graffiti artist himself, Tim took that passion and understanding of the North American railroad system and turned into wonderfully constructed photoreal paintings of graff on trains as well as a series of train set works featuring graffiti pieces. His work is about not only a love of graffiti, but a story of movement, of communication and connection, friendship and the insight to a subculture of America that collect rail ephemera. It's a story of the industrial revolution, but also of the power of moving art.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Juxtapoz editor Evan Pricco speaks with Tim about his early days in Baltimore, how he got into painting the freights and the culture around painting trains. From taking part in a show at BEYOND THE STREETS in LA this past Fall, as well as big showcases at BTS in London and Shanghai earlier this year and working on Showtime's "Rolling Like Thunder" documentary on freight train graffiti with Roger Gastman, Tim's stories are part of the fabric of American art.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 125 was recorded in October 2023 in Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
124: David Shrigley Just Made Pulped Fiction | Radio Juxtapoz
There doesn't seem to be anything more 1984 than taking what was one of the most popular selling books of the 21st century and printing an alternative text upon its ashes. There is that wonderful moment in Orwell's masterwork that reads "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
Okay, David Shrigley isn't some mastermind of double-think of mind control, but he is a conceptual artist. And this was his concept: after seeing a campaign gone viral where the Oxfam charity shop in Swansea had asked people to please stop bringing their copies of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" into the shop to resell, Shrigley decided to buy every copy he could of the novel with the purpose of re-printing over it as "1984." The project is called Pulped Fiction.
As we noted earlier this week, fragments of the original novels remain on the paper, with letters and sometimes whole words of Robert Langdon’s adventures appearing on the pages. The typeface was carefully chosen to mirror the type used for The Da Vinci Code’s first edition, while the book’s cover has been repurposed from the card backing and dustjackets of more than 1,250 copies of the hardback special edition.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we sit down with David to discuss Pulped Fiction, the omnipresent shadow that 1984 continues to have on our world, the irony of erasing a text to reprint atop it, the beauty of charity shops and all things happening in the Shrigley world.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 124 was recorded on October 25, 2023 in Swansea and Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
123: The Dadaism of Dada Khanyisa | Radio Juxtapoz
Okay, okay, okay, Cape Town-based artist Dada Khanyisa isn't a Dadaist, so maybe the title here is misleading. But they are having a solo show currently at the Johannesburg Art Gallery and they are part of the roster of the great Stevenson gallery and they are making work that is both politically astute but also about this ideas of what they say is "going out culture, but also going in culture." So even if it's not Dadaism, it's Dada-ism.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we sit down with the Cape Town-based artist about imagination versus reality and the trickiness of the balance, tolerance training and the continuing emerging career of one of the brightest stars of South African art today.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 123 was recorded in October 2023 in Margate and Cape Town. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
122: A Morphing with Sara Birns | Radio Juxtapoz
Let's talk about morphing. Better yet, let's talk about the images and visions that we have that are in-between our reality, like when you snap to focus and there are blurred lines and a bit of a shaky floater in your eyeline. You might see some crazy shit. For Sara Birns, she is a painter of morphing visions and facial structures, things that are recognizably unrecognizable. "I wanted to capture, and realistically reveal the way I interpret the invisible forces that are just beyond the matter our human eyes pick up on," Birns told us a few years ago, and it seems like in a world turned upside down, she is seeing things they way they really are.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we sit down with Birns in London during Frieze week as the Santa Cruz-based painter was taking a trip abroad. We speak about the value of an object, the way you can see in-between reality and those incredible morphinng faces she captures.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 122 was recorded in October 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
121: Cato Makes a New Kind of Social Realism | Radio Juxtapoz
The airbrush is a utilitarian tool. That is the beauty of it. It can be a fine art device, of course, as is the case with so many brilliant studio artists today, but it can also be an everyday tool, customizing cars, painting industrial objects, sign paintings, you name it. And for Cato, the London-based artist who is both in the fine arts and music, the airbrush is a tool to tell a story, a new sort of social realism, where art is both a mode for storytelling but also something deeply foundational.
In this conversation on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we head to Peckham in London to sit down with Cato to talk about family support, the airbrush, music, animation, found photography and collaging this all to make his beautiful works together. And in this, there is life, and what he says his deep interest in faces.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 121 was recorded in October 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
120: April Bey on Teaching and Creating the Way | Radio Juxtapoz
When you walked through the prestigious Armory Show a few weeks ago, April Bey's solo booth with Bahamas-based Tern Gallery, was the standout. The fair itself was quite strong, but there was something about walking into a universe, the April Bey universe, that was transcendental and hypnotic, immersive. Bey is political and poignant, with a sense of humor and harsh social critique that has been honed by both being a professor at Glendale College in California and practicing fine artist with solo and museum shows on the CV. The works are wide-ranging: installation, printmaking, photography, mixed-media, and the Atlantica series has become one of Bey's defining bodies of work.
Bey grew up in The Bahamas, and on this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Evan Pricco and Doug Gillen speak to Bey about youth, moving to the USA, being educated in the States versus a commonwealth, where their art comes from and how Bey's dad helped create the Atlantica world. There might be a Beyonce story, too.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 120 was recorded in September 2023 in Margate, NYC and Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
119: A Fistfight with Shadi Al-Atallah | Radio Juxtapoz
Shadi Al-Atallah's newest solo show, Fistfight, begins with an excerpt from The Epic of Gilgamesh and seems apt to start right here: “huge arms gripped huge arms, foreheads crashed like wild bulls, the two men staggered, they pitched against houses, the doorposts trembled, the outer walls shook, they careened through the streets, they grappled each other, limbs intertwined, each huge body straining to break free from the other’s embrace. Finally, Gilgamesh threw the wild man and with his right knee pinned him to the ground. His anger left him. He turned away. The contest was over.”
Having met Shadi a few times in London over the last few years, there is a balance between rage, humor, anger, a grip, a pulse and passion their works. The struggles seen in Gilgamesh aren't unlike the struggles we see today, whether it be space, identity, movement or just plain confrontation. Shadi is working with the idea of controlled violence, and I get the sense that they are aware of what the world around them is presenting, the conflicts both internal and external, and finds that through making art, the confronations themselves are just a bit more controlled, more theatric, more epic. As Guts Gallery notes, "Throughout Fistfight, Al-Atallah explores the rigid distinction between the spaces where violence is permitted and the spaces in which it is not."
This interests me as a writer and observer of art, and has always interested me in terms of Shadi's brilliant works on canvas here (and in the past, works on paper). They are controlling historical events, historical sentiments, the past we bring with us into the future. In Fistfight, the conflict feels rather internal, and the feelings individual, and yet there is a universality that is ever so present.
On this episode of Radio Juxtapoz, Doug Gillen speaks with Shadi on the subject of Fistfight, their evolotion in the works and the move from the Middle East to London. —Evan Pricco
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The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 119 was recorded in September 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
118: Horacio Quiroz and the Goddesses of Spoiled Lands | Radio Juxtapoz
"Everything in our universe has a dual manifestation," says Mexico City born Horacio Quiroz when you just take a gander at this bio. Well, here we go, you know this conversation is going to be a good one. As the artist opened his new solo show, Goddesses of Spoiled Lands, at Annka Kultys Gallery in London, duality of existence is definitely on the mind. In this insightful and revealing conversation, Radio Juxtapoz sat down with Quiroz to discuss the complexities of growing up queer in Mexico, how his work is a balance of almost supernatural explorations with the details of his homeland and the evolving relationship that humans have with nature. The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 118 was recorded in August 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz https://www.juxtapoz.com/radio-juxtapoz/ https://www.horacioquiroz.com/
117: Ana Barriga Makes You Shout SAY CHEESE! | Radio Juxtapoz
When you name your solo show Say Cheese, there are a lot of puns that can come from it. Ana Barriga did just that for her solo show at Carl Kostyál in London. Say Cheese makes you smile, makes you focus your attention on something that may stand the test of time really, but also puts you into another realm of posing and posturing. And for the Madrid-based painter, she is ready for this moment.
"My work involves instinct and attitude," she says, and as her show was opening in the British capital last weekend, we caught the painter in a moment of both fun and introspection. Her works are like still-life memories done through cartoons done through art history and then almost tasty in their near life-like embodiments of time once lived. On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Doug Gillen sits down with Barriga and captures a painter's painter at the height of her powers, in a moment where an international breakthrough is just beginning.
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The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 117 was recorded in August 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
116: The Fabric That Makes Jon Key | Radio Juxtapoz
We can call this a new season for Radio Juxtapoz, and Jon Key is the perfect guest. Situating himself between Brooklyn and Margate, UK, Key has a thread through his practice and his life, one that involves family (he is a twin), art, design and adventure. Though his work is focused on the relationships and heritage he is constantly discovering, he is weaving, both through painting and conceptual fashion design, a story about himself. As a Queer Black man originally from the rural town of Seale, Alabama, Key uses greens, blacks, violets and reds to visual speak of his 4 central themes: Southernness, Blackness, Queerness, and Family.
This is where we find Key, on rainy turned sunny day in Margate, at Tracey Emin's TKE Studios where he has a studio space, speaking about his 4 themes, his experiments with landscape painting and why he finds Margate such a special second home for his practice. Key is energetic and thoughtful, full of life and not afraid to let his work move through the centuries.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 116 was recorded in July 2023 in Margate, UK. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
115: Lucy McLauchlan's Lifetime of Instinctive Motion | Radio Juxtapoz
When we have talked about British painter and muralist Lucy McLauchlan over the years, we have used descriptors like spontaneous and natural, organic and natural. She transformed almost room and building sized brushstrokes, often in black and white, as extensions of her being and adapting to the surfaces she paints on. She may have been part of the street art scene, but she was channeling environmentalism in the process.
Recently part of Mural Fest Kosovo, curated by Radio Juxtapoz's own Doug Gillen, he sat down with Lucy for a rare interview about her process and career, her work in Ferizaj, Kosovo and the future of her practice.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 115 was recorded in June 2023 in Kosovo during Mural Fest . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
114: Martyn Reed and the Rewilding of the Nuart Festival | Radio Juxtapoz
We have spent years trying to get Martyn Reed on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast. The main reason being that the man behind perhaps the most famous, enduring and renowned street art festival in the world, Nuart, has changed the way we contextualize and think about the role of art in our everyday lives. Every year, whether in Stavanger, Norway until recently and now his 7th edition in Aberdeen, Scotland, Reed has themed his curation to certain topics, inviting not only artists to paint on city walls, but brought writers, academics, media members, organizers, city planners and just about anyone who thinks about art in a critical way to come to the festival and give their story. It's a family, and it continues to grow and mature.
On this very special edition of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, recorded live in Aberdeen, we finally got a chance to sit down with our good friend Reed and get the origin story of not only the festival, but his history in examining power structures and finding ways to infiltrate and nurture those places with prevailing and underground culture.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 114 was recorded in June 2023 in Aberdeen, Scotland during Nuart Aberdeen . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
113: SWOON Comes Out of Retirement... Well, Sort Of | Radio Juxtapoz
It's rare we get an artist to come out of retirement for a Radio Juxtapoz podcast, but there we were in Aberdeen, Scotland this past weekend with the pioneering and legendary artist SWOON. She didn't retire per se; she retired from street art. The consuming nature of the art form she felt took her away from other creative outlets she wanted pursue, like installations, philanthropy, museum exhibitions, gallery work, collaboration and now, animation and film. But for Nuart Aberdeen, she got back in the game for a week for a series of wheat-pastes that felt so familiar, it was like seeing an old friend after years away. Perhaps it is the Caledonia in her name that got her inspired in Scotland?
SWOON isn't just a legend, she changed the way street art was looked at, how folk and craft elements could be applied to any medium. From the boats she floated down the Mississippi or into Venice, to her earliest days showing at Deitch, to philanthropic projects in New Orleans and Haiti and her Heliotrope Foundation, SWOON is about expansion. With her new and powerful work in animation and an upcoming film, it seemed like the perfect time to speak with one of the great artists of the Juxtapoz era.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 113 was recorded in June in Aberdeen, Scotland during Nuart Aberdeen . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
112: Martha Cooper, Jaune and Melissa Cucci Live at The Crystal Ship | Radio Juxtapoz
As part of our series of live podcasts recorded at The Crystal Ship Festival in Ostende, Belgium last month, today we share a series of conversations from legendary photographer Martha Cooper, artist Jaune and festival organizer and curator, Mélissa Cucci. This episode was recorded live at a special evening of Radio Juxtapoz conversations at the Festival, with each giving their unique perspective, history and understanding of the ever-expanding world of graffiti and street art, as well as its acceptance into public art forums and curation.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 1112 was recorded in April in Ostende, Belgium during The Crystal Ship Festival . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
111: Reintroducing Art History with Julien de Casabianca | Radio Juxtapoz
There are thousands of paintings that exist in the backrooms of museums, forgotten by time but still exquisite and tell the story of a period of time. Like street art, that transforms our public spaces and reimagines the experience of city or challenges our perceptions of where art can and should exist, and what is ownership, the practice of Julien de Casabianca is perfectly linked to art history and art in the streets. As the Crystal Ship notes, where this podcast was recorded, "Casabianca takes characters from historical paintings, yanks them out of context, and ‘glues’ them onto towering walls, giving them a whole new life and often also a different meaning."
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 111 was recorded in April in Ostende, Belgium during The Crystal Ship Festival . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
110: Jaune and the Decade of the Mini Interventionist | Radio Juxtapoz
On this edition of Radio Juxtapoz, Doug Gillen catches up with Jaune at The Crystal Ship festival in conjunction with their 7th edition and Ruby Gallery pop-up show, 10 Years Jaune. In a way, the show is a celebration of the democratic nature of street art but also in his process. After stops at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse in years past, and street art festival and galleries around the world, Jaune is a decade years old, and the work is a vibrant as ever.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 110 was recorded in April in Ostende, Belgium during The Crystal Ship Festival . Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
109: Saj Issa and the Omnipresent Weight of the West | Radio Juxtapoz
Palestinian-American artist Saj Issa was born in St Louis, studies at UCLA and is influenced and moved by the imagery of the Arab World. This is all important in understanding where she comes from in her ceramic works and paintings: she is showing you where she comes from and where she is going, and most importantly, the visuals that she has been embedded with her entire life. Her parents emigrated to the US in the 1980s from Palestine, settling in Missouri, literally coming from the center point of the world in the Middle East and ending in the center point of the US. Issa doesn't settle in any center, though. She is vividly re-imagining how the logos of the West are omnipresent in the East, where the texture and history of Arab imagery and ceramic patterns now often have a landscape surrounded by the logos of Nike, Coca-Cola, Shell, and more.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak with Issa as she completes her MFA at UCLA and heads out into the contemporary art world with a vision and practice that is unique and exciting. She talks about her youth in St Louis, how she continues to find her voice in Los Angeles, and how she finds herself speaking with both the West and the East, simultaneously.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 109 was recorded in March in Los Angeles at UCLA's MFA art department. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
108: The Urgency of Conor Harrington | Radio Juxtapoz
We can't believe Conor Harrington hasn't been on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast before. The 3x cover artist has been a symbol for our magazine for the last 15 years or so, an artist who learned his chops as a teenager on the streets as a graffiti writer, honed those skills in art school and then found a way to combine the two worlds into his fine art practice. For years, Conor has been painting these scenes of reenactors' playing out their great fantasy of pageantry and tradition. But Conor paints the conflict of this tragic play: what we reenact is a history that denies progress and acceptance, that the uniforms and adornments of our past stop us from living into the present and future.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we sit down with Conor in Los Angeles just as his new solo show, When the Ship Goes Down, was about to open at CONTROL Gallery. It seemed like a ripe time to speak with the Irish-born, London-based artist about his unique history with the global rise of street art, how and where he found his aesthetic voice and the urgency he feels now to paint.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 108 was recorded on March 29, 2023 in Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
107: Julian Pace and the Art of Scale and Memory | Radio Juxtapoz
It's a conversation about sports but also doesn't have to be. Nostalgia is a huge part about sports. So is myth. So is the idea of athletics being larger than life. For Julian Pace, the Seattle-born and now Los Angeles-based Italian-American painter (his name is not pronounced like the iconic gallery), the uniforms and the symbolism of athletics is at the heart of his newest solo show, Front and Back, on view at Simchowitz in LA. It's also about memory and the sharing of generational stories. It's about family and texture.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Evan Pricco sits down with Pace at his studio in downtown LA to talk about the rise of his career over the last 4 years, how a subconscious influence of Italian painting is seen in his work and how he uses familiar iconography to challenge our collective memory of them. On the eve of new solo show in Belgium at De Brock, Pace tells a story of his family, his journey both physically and mentally and how the open-ideas of Los Angeles have helped shape him.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 107 was recorded in March 2023 in Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
106: Àsìkò and the Rites of Passage | Radio Juxtapoz
The rules of fine art have finally, and for the better, been bended and broken and destroyed. What used to be just some white walls in a white cube has now become a bit of a evolution and revolution: film, digital art, tech, digital collage.. its all on the board, all here, and all here to stay.
In today's episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, our Doug Gillen sits down with London-based Nigerian visual artist, Àsìkò, who used digital art, photography and mixed media to construct a narrative that straddles between "fantasy and reality as a response to his experiences of identity, culture and heritage." On the eve of Rites of Passage, a group show at Britannia St Gagosian Gallery in London opening on the 16th of March of which Àsìkò will be in, we speak about the ever-evolving possibilities of fine art, identity and the evolution of what art can be.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 106 was recorded in March 2023 in London by Gillen at the MT Art Agency. Big thank you for letting us use the office! Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
105: Daniel Albanese is the The Dusty Rebel
We love finding all the nuanced stories happening in and around the street art world. Not just the blockbuster shows, but the political and activist areas that often shape how we construct both the print publication and the podcast itself. So today, we present Daniel Albanese and his project, OUT IN THE STREETS.
Daniel “Dusty” Albanese is the New York City-based photographer and filmmaker behind the website TheDustyRebel. Shaped by his background in anthropology, he has built a worldwide following documenting the more marginal aspects of the urban landscape, as well as controversial artworks, and political protests. In 2017, he began production on his first feature length documentary and book OUT IN THE STREETS, which explores the global Queer Street Art movement. The project is about to see the light of day, and that is where we are now, on this episode of Radio Juxtapoz.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 105 was recorded in February 2023 in London and NYC. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
104: Willehad Eilers, the Man They Call Wayne Horse
When you enter the website of Willehad Eilers, aka Wayne Horse, you are greeted with a message that reads "80.000.000 Hooligans." What does it mean? Does it matter? Because whatever you see in the works of Wayne Horse is an entry point to a bizarro world that is a bit ghoulish and a full of debauchery. What started as a career in graffiti has evolved into highly-detailed, intense works that have both an element of play but also depictions of glorified hedonism. You know, the good stuff.
As a forthcoming solo show with Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels in April, Doug Gillen sits down with Mr. Horse to discuss the evolution of his work over the past few years, from cheeky experimentation to some of the most sought after paintings in the game.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 104 was recorded in February 2023 in London and the Netherlands. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
103: Show Us Your Guts (Gallery)
We are lucky at Juxtapoz that we get to talk the emerging art scene before most others are waving microphones and cameras in their faces. But with Guts Gallery, a London hub for all things emerging and flourishing hub for exhibitions and up-and-coming artists, there is perfect balance of all the things that make covering art crucial.
"Progress lies at the heart of Guts’ ethos," and in this two-part episode on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak with Guts Gallery founder Ellie Pennick and one of the galleries exhibiting artists Elsa Rouy for a look at London's scene as we emerge into 2023, what it takes to run a gallery in one of the cultural capitals of the world and how to Rouy's universe is just expanding.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 103 was recorded in January 2023 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
102: Home As a Memory with Ian Strange | Radio Juxtapoz
Ian Strange isn't your traditional street artist, hell, he isn't your traditional installation artist. Architectural interventionist? Spatial performance artist? On his website, he notes, "His practice includes collaborative community-based projects, architectural interventions, and exhibitions resulting in photography, film, sculpture, installation, site-specific works, research, and documentary works." When looked at a whole, Strange is doing something more collective, more universal. He is talking about home, what it means to have a home and how home shapes the places we have seen and the people we become.
Over the course of this Radio Juxtapoz podcast, our first release of the new 2023 calendar year, Doug Gillen speaks with Strange about a wide-range of topics in regards to his practice, his recent installation in Ohio and that beautifully sublime and complex topic of home.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 102 was recorded in early January 2023. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
101: Stipan Tadić is Not Afraid to Paint Your Favorite Place | Radio Juxtapoz
“… painting Central Park is a challenge because there's so many paintings of it and everyone has their own personalized visual. But I thought if I just paint it in my own way, it's going to be unique.” —Stipan Tadić
This was the way we began our Winter 2023 Quarterly, with a quote from Croatian-born, NYC-based painter, Stipan Tadić. The quote seemed quite apt, as he was talking about a confidence in seeing, to paint something everyone knows but not everyone has seen your own version of it. And that is what Stipan does. He paints NYC streets as if they have never been seen before, with a keen eye that blends comics, humor, nostalgia, mystery and good-old-fashioned painterly skill.
We sat down with Stipan as the Winter issue was dropping, speaking with him about that keen eye to see what others see but attempt to reimagine it in your own voice, the fun in his work, his upcoming shows in Croatia and NYC and his penchant for going out at night. The city is like a video game in Stipan's work, and we love watching him play the whole landscape.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 101 was recorded in NYC in November 2022. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
100: Romantic Lowlife Fantasies and Little Bit of Hope | Radio Juxtapoz
Yes, here we are, Radio Juxtapoz turns 100. And what a way to turn 100 then to look back at the golden age of... well, suspended adulthood? For this 100th episode, we sit down with Laura June Kirsch on the occasion of her new photography book, Romantic Lowlife Fantasies: Emerging Adults In The Age Of Hope, a look at the unique era that was the Obama years, and what many would see as both a carnal, fun, debaucherous and really, we must say, a literal end to an era. These may be party photos, but there is something more unique going on in Kirsch's photos, a time when music, art, corporate events, food culture, beer culture, festivals and a young generation of business owners and creatives all sort of came together into one party. And the party went on for a bit.
Full disclosure, I helped edit this book with Laura, and wrote in the book's introduction something I truly still believe today:
"I worked with Laura on this book via Zoom and it seems almost like it had to be that way. Maybe there was a need to rekindle a sense of nostalgia, but I think in a moment of pause and absence of sociability, Laura could begin to articulate what this era was. She was there. She participated. There is no judgment in these photos because it was a time when there wasn’t much care about expectations and societal norms. That is why I love these photos, love her stories about each moment, like how she accidentally appears and disappears in each of them. I only dipped my toe in those scenes, but I understood a sense of momentum in the Age of Hope for our generation. This book is perhaps a chapter closing. There may be a new Roaring 20’s on the horizon but that is what makes this era so bizarrely and disastrously wonderful. It wasn’t born off of a period of time when we couldn’t interact, had our live music and bars and nightlife taken from us. Romantic Lowlife Fantasies was literally a moment when we all decided collectively that life didn’t need a schedule. These photos are fun, a word we don’t use often enough in our vernacular, and Laura captures what it was like to just have that fantastical sense of community and fucking fun."
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 100 was recorded in NYC in November 2022. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz // https://www.romanticlowlifefantasies.com/
099: Moral Fibres as Love Welcomes and Migrate Art Come Together | Radio Juxtapoz
In celebration of the Moral Fibres collaboration between the charitable organizations Migrate Art and Love Welcomes, Radio Juxtapoz took a moment to speak on how they each have found a place in both the art world and philanthropic, activist spaces. As the two created a series of scarfs with the artists Chloe Early, Lakwena, Camille Walala and Sara Shamma, where each designed a "beautiful crepe de chine silk scarf, handmade by the incredible team of refugee women at Love Welcomes," we found a moment to highlight the project and learn more about what goes into each companies ethos.
Profits from the sale of every scarf will be split between Love Welcomes and Migrate Art, to support our work helping displaced communities. These scarves will launch next month (December 2022).
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 099 was recorded in London in November 2022 by Doug Gillen. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
098: AXEL VOID is Making a Community Wherever He Goes | Radio Juxtapoz
This isn't his first rodeo with us, but wow, it's always great to sit down with our friend Axel Void. He is both an elegant and renegade soul, a painter, muralist, a lynchpin in the Void Projects community of artists and co-op of ideas and practice. He is constantly presenting his work alongside his peers and friends, building an identity that art is more than just a solitary expression, but a potential for a collective.
When we were in Ferizaj, Kosovo for Mural Fest Kosovo, we sat down with Axel Void as he was preparing a workshop with the community there, fresh off another wonderful Void Projects gathering in Spain, and again, on the precipice of another wonderful mural and project in Kosovo.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 098 was recorded in September 2022 in Ferizaj, Kosovo by Doug Gillen. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
097: The Mr. Doodle Podcast | Radio Juxtapoz
It was supposed to be a hailed and more open return to London art week and the Frieze Art Fair in Regent's Park. Sure, it was open last year, but 2022 saw a chance to revive the London art world after the pandemic and recent shock to the pound. But a few weeks ago, an outsider (albeit a much followed one) known as Mr. Doodle sent the message in the form of a massive 12-room Kent-mansion doodle out into the world and every newspaper, blog, social media account had something to say. But we wanted to go there ourselves and talk to the man himself. So that is what we did.
What we found was an artist who not only fulfilled a childhood dream of doodling an entire home, but someone with both an earnestness and bold sense of what would make him happy to complete the project. Over two years he doodled on nearly every inch of the home, a home in which he and his wife will move into permanently in the days to come. When the shock and awe wanes, you realize that the public may never get a chance to see this home and the artist himself will be living and amongst his own mind. We asked him about that, the incredible timelapse he made the project and how he hears the critics now. This is the Doodle House.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 097 was recorded in October 2022 in Kent, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
096: HERA is the Protector | Radio Juxtapoz
For over a decade, the German artist HERA was one part of the successful street and fine art duo, HERAKUT. Their murals were seen across the world as part of a major generation of street artist who took muralism to new heights and interpretations. Her visual aesthetic, that of powerful women with a hybrid of animals and text made her and her partner, AKUT, international names in the movement.
Now boldly working just as HERA, her voice in street art is that of a veteran and of individuality. She is a trailblazer, and recently, we caught up with her at the Rise Up Residency in Margate, UK to see what her activism and vision looks like in 2022. As her tagline reads, "been busy doing street art for the past 2 decades…" but there is so much more just underneath the surface.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 096 was recorded in October 2022 in Margate, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
095: Pat Perry is Building Community | Radio Juxtapoz
For years, we have been fans of, and followed the muralist, painter, photography, illustrator and filmmaker Pat Perry. What started as a fascination with his On the Road style journal drawings, documented a bohemian life on the go around North America has now turned to an international view of building communities through art in places far and wide, including where this episode was recorded, in Ferizaj, Kosovo for Mural Fest Kosovo.
The Detroit-based artist is one of America's leading muralists, but when you dig deeper, his paintings are like contemporary Andrew Wyeth scenes of rural life and tender moments that often go overlooked. In this episode of Radio Juxtapoz, Doug Gillen speaks with Pat Perry as he completed his mural in Ferizaj and we hear about how the artist tried to embed himself where he paints, the bringing together of all his creative passions and taking of the life jacket of his career and jumping into the deep end of art.
Pat was a participating artist for the On/Offline edition of Mural Fest Kosovo.
094: Emma Stern and the Lava Babys | Radio Juxtapoz
What world are we living in, really? We spend so much time traversing through different realms of reality and existence that sometimes our digital self meshes with our physical self and we can pretty much create any persona we want at any given time. Emma Stern is brilliantly creating art in these realms. She has observed and participated in the metaverse with her Lava Babys but found a way to take that universe into the most traditional of places; the easel and oil painting. It's a fascinating concept that is both traditional and of the most the most contemporary, and she is having so much fun doing it.
Her practice of taking 3D worlds and then taking that into the studio to paint has gained her international attention and made the NYC-based painter one of the newest voices in the contemporary art landscape. With shows at Half Gallery, Almine Rech and more, she is challenging our perceptions of what we consider "Internet art" and the possibilities of painting.
In this conversation of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Emma Stern discusses her process, what she thinks about the role of woman shaping the metaverse aesthetic and how a little salacious fun is not a bad place to explore our world.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 094 was recorded on August 15, 2022 in London, Los Angeles and NYC. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
093: Sophie Crichton and the Goosebumps Down A Spine | Radio Juxtapoz
Every now and again, the Radio Juxtapoz podcast gets a chance to catch an emerging artist on the cusp of a pivotal moment in their career. What mean is literally in the gallery with the artist as their newest show is about to open. We love that, the energy and anxiety, the excitement and contemplation. In the instance of Toronto-born, Barcelona based Sophie Crichton, we found her at her solo show Bare Bones, opening at OMNI Gallery in London and her at the precipice of a major moment for her career.
Bare Bones is about abstraction, but it's also about the feelings we can't quite say in words as we go about this ever-changing landscape that we call daily life. We don't often have conversations with abstract painters on the podcast, but there is something so refreshing about conversations about mark-making, the challenges of abstraction and how an artist uprooted her life in Toronto for a completely new scene in Spain.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 093 was recorded on August 8, 2022 in London Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
092: Glenn Lutz is Asking Us to Find Ourselves | Radio Juxtapoz
We are asking more questions these days, aren't we? As fractured as we all seem, as disjointed and uncertain the present and future may seem, we are beginning to have conversations about how we face ourselves, peers, family, society and our past. The pandemic reset many of our lives, but also put a new perspective on our identities and the existence of those around us. If this time didn't change you or cause you to reflect, you really weren't paying attention.
Glenn Lutz is a writer and conceptual artist whose new book, There’s Light: Artworks & Conversations Examining Black Masculinity, Identity and Mental Well-being, is a result of years of conversations with fine artist and creatives in the Black community who are actively engaged in examining their mental health in the 21st century. In conversations with the likes of the late Virgil Abloh, Mark Bradford, Rashid Johnson, Steve McQueen and more, Lutz has become the conduit to an overlooked conversation in not only our society but the art world as well.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak to Lutz about putting this new book together, how open his subjects allowed themselves to be, growing up in LA, his own mental heath battles, how religion played a role in his life and how a move to Hawaii has settled his mind.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 092 was recorded on July 29, 2022 in LA, Oahu and Margate. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
091: Martin Whatson Stencils His Way Into History | Radio Juxtapoz
The first thing you need to know about Oslo-based artist Martin Whatson is that he is one of the nicest people in all of street art. We have known him for years on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, traveled throughout Norway with him, been at numerous festivals and Basel years and have never sat down for a proper interview. Until, of course, Nuart Aberdeen and a chance to reconnect with old friends and get a sense of where everyone has been at over the course of a few years of dormant travel. And Martin has been busy.
Starting as a graffiti artist and stencil artist on the streets of Oslo, Whatson has always had a keen sense of a finding the right place for his artwork. His prints are some of the most popular releases in the game, and his murals, especially the one in Aberdeen this year, take both a historic and contemporary look at the city he is in and finds a way to create an eye-popping work to leave behind.
After a long night out, where all 3 of us were feeling it, we sat down with Whatson to discuss his early years in Norway, how he has been able to create a space for himself with prints and fine art, and how the pandemic allowed him time with family and in the studio.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 091 was recorded on June 10, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland for the Nuart Festival. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
090: Jacoba Niepoort and the Art of Reconnecting at Nuart Aberdeen | Radio Juxtapoz
Working in the public space creates an interesting dichotomy for an artist. It is both a highly personal relationship to an audience and the wall itself, but the brief moment in time in which a street artist or muralist is in the location while they paint can create a separation from the artwork. In many cases, you leave just as the town begins to embrace your art. For Danish painter, Jacoba Niepoort, an artist who literally creates some of the most intimate works in the public space we have ever seen, there is both a tenderness and strength in how she approaches a wall. And, there is something about materiality, the surfaces she works on, that is a unique.
Creating murals and works on paper, Jacoba is working within time with surfaces that can be both enduring and fragile. A wall could crumble or the weather could wear down the colors. Working on paper, the art may fade with time. We love that sort of balance, and so does Jacoba.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak with Jacoba in the middle of painting a mural at Nuart Aberdeen, a wall that proved difficult with the changing weather patterns. She spoke to us about how the pandemic changed her practice, how she always wanted to change the world and pivoted to a new career and how she paints the bold poses of woman in unison.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 090 was recorded on June 8, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland for the Nuart Festival. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
089: Bony Ramirez on the Dominican Republic In His Memory | Radio Juxtapoz
When we move away from a place at a certain, and find ourselves in a new land with new frends and schools and remake our childhood, it can be a jarring experience. Bony Ramirez moved from the Dominican Republic at the age of 13 and has now spent half his life in New Jersey, where he now is emerging star of the art world. His work is about memory and remaking the DR in his mind, a combination of folktales and his own impressions, as well as a powerful sense of where he came from and where he exists now. His work also asks questions; what it means to be a queer artist, what it means to treat a painting like an object and how to project a character with a sense of reconnecting with a heritage.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak to Bony on the heels of his solo booth at Independent Art Fair, on the precipice of a major year for the artist and how the pandemic allowed for the space to breathe and grow as a young painter.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 089 was recorded in early June 2022 in LA, New Jersey and Margate, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
088: Aleah Chapin and the Many Faces of Painting | Radio Juxtapoz
Living in the Pacific Northwest, Aleah Chapin's paintings feel like a reflection of the unique landscape. The way the blues mix with the greens, the way the waterways connect to the land; Seattle and the surrounding terrain... there is nothing like it on Earth. And that is the sort of balance, both figurative and abstract, that Chapin is painting.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Chapin talks about her desire to be a mirror to both her feelings and the times we live in, the type of artist with the desire to bring to the surface her inner self and feelings. Earlier in 2022, her solo show in Hong Kong at Flowers Gallery, the gallery noted that the "renowned (painter is knownO for her unflinching nude portraits of older women, relatives, and friends." Or, as Eric Fischl has put it, she is “the best and most disturbing painter of flesh alive today." High praise, and let's start here.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 088 was recorded in early May 2022 in Seattle and Margate, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
087: It's Still Life on Walls with BEZT | Radio Juxtapoz
BEZT was part of the now legendary Etam Cru, the Polish mural and graffiti team that was part of a revolution in the ways that we looked at muralism and the potential of street art. He is the rare artist who can treat a 20m wall into a studio painting, with detail and intimacy that also changes the way we look at the streets we inhabit and the potential for something else.
On the occasion of Crystal Ship in Ostend, Belgium, BEZT sat down with Radio Juxtapoz' Doug Gillen to talk about a new change in the way he paints, incorporating nature into his urban works, and the idea of sampling imagery.
This interview was made possible thanks to The Crystal Ship Festival and All About Things. Portrait shot by Doug Gillen.
086: Broken Fingaz Are the Everywhere Collective | Radio Juxtapoz
For years now, the Haifa, Israel collective now as Broken Fingaz has been a bit of everything and everywhere: graffiti, murals, screenprints, installations, paintings, photography and now a new monograph shows a unique combination of comic-book styles and cut n' paste imagery across every medium. Now spread across the globe, from London to Israel to Mexico, the crew is still making noise as a singular force and creating a sense of community and inclusion no matter where they are. They are funny and political, with roots in graffiti vandalism and champions of the evolution of the art form.
In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Doug Gillen speaks with Broken Fingaz members UNGA and TANT on the occasion of their new mural in The Bird in Ostend, Belgium for The Crystal Ship, a mural for which they released a limited edition print with all proceeds from the sale going to refugees from the Russian war on Ukraine.
This interview was made possible thanks to The Crystal Ship Festival and All About Things.Portrait shot by Yona Preminger. Music featured in the episode courtesy of 3421.
085: Maya Hayuk is Weaving Her Ukrainian Heritage Into Murals | Radio Juxtapoz
Accidents happen—on purpose. I’ve heard that phrase before and it feels reasonable, yet abstract enough to inform daily life. Ukrainian-American Maya Hayuk’s paintings are an elaborate stream of consciousness made in a valiant attempt to contain an accident, and in the process, feel absolute and free. For decades, she has channeled the folk traditions of outsider art with graffiti and street art. Her studio paintings and murals feel improvised, but there is a narrative thread that runs throughout: what is our existence if not chance, what is creativity if not a blurring of the lines between process and bursts of unchained energy?
ElevenEleven, or 11:11, is symbolic. It was also the name of her last solo show in San Francisco in the Fall of 2021. Some say it's an indication of cosmic enlightenment, others use the time to signify making a wish. The conclusion amongst numerologists and spiritualists is that it's a moment when we are our most open, or consciousness is most exposed. You may find time arbitrary, and most artists probably find time to be so when they are in the depths of creating. When we sat down with Maya Hayuk in Belgium this past spring during The Crystal Ship festival, we found her the rare artist who freely takes this openness out in public. Her murals and work as a Barnstormer transformed the American landscape into something of a dizzyingly abstract dream. It opened minds to the possibility of a new kind of muralism, something both folk and surreal. But this time, when we spoke with Maya, we spoke about Ukraine, about the importance of art as a symbol of peace, as a tool of understanding and protest, as an instrument of passion and belief, and enlightenment in a completely different way.
This interview was made possible thanks to The Crystal Ship Festival and All About Things. Music featured in the episode - Polyphony Project and DakhaBrakha
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 085 was recorded in early April 2022 in Ostend, Belgium. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
084: Shadowboxing with Idris Khan | Radio Juxtapoz
Through the most abstract of output, British artist Idris Khan is speaking to us in the most literal of ways. Through paintings and sculpture, Khan is in a constant conversation between lightness and darkness; obviously at the time we live, a pivotal discourse. On the occasion of his new print with Migrate Art, "I Thought We Had More Time...," with 100% of profits will be sent to Disasters Emergency Committee via the Evening Standard's Ukraine Appeal, this conversation of universality and tragedy is at the forefront.
As Sean Kelley notes of Khan's work: "Whilst Khan’s mindset is more painterly than photographic, he often employs the tools of photomechanical reproduction to create his work. Photographing or scanning from secondary source material–sheet music, pages from the Qur’an, reproductions of late Caravaggio paintings–he then builds up the layers of scans digitally, which allows him to meticulously control minute variances in contrast, brightness and opacity. The resultant images are often large-scale C-prints with surfaces that have a remarkable optical intensity."
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 084 was recorded in March 2022 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
083: 1XRUN Reimagined Detroit and How to Collect Art | Radio Juxtapoz
It's not hyperbolic to say that for many people over the last decade plus, Detroit's 1XRUN has taught many how to collect art. To feel comfortable with it. To see a form of art they love, street art, and figure out a way to have a piece of it in their homes. Through their art print business, their various gallery iterations and Murals in the Market, Jesse Cory and Dan Armand have taken a love of graffiti, street art, storytelling and Detroit and turned it into one of the pillars of print collecting around the world. And now through NFTs, they are once again changing the way we collect.
We have been trying to get Jesse and Dan on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast for years, and as we are nearly at the 1-year anniversary of the early NFT craze, we thought it would be a good time for Juxtapoz editor Evan Pricco to chat with the two from their Detroit base as we discussed how the pandemic changed their business, how Glenn Barr changed their strategy in the early years and how their lifelong friendship has allowed them both to have honest conversation about the business of art and the evolution of collecting.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 083 was recorded in March 2022 in Detroit and Los Angeles. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
082: A Psychedelic Field Trip with Jacaeber Kastor | Radio Juxtapoz
We rarely get a chance to talk about psychedelics on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, but we are jumping right into the ether now. In conjunction with the Outsider Art Fair 2022 and their 30th anniversary, Radio Juxtapoz sat down with Psychedelic Solution founder, Jacaeber Kastor, artist Fred Tomaselli and writer Carlo McCormick for a special conversation around the fair's exhibit, Field Trip: Psychedelic Solution, 1986-1995.
Kastor was a pivotal figure in transforming the way we look at psychedelic art, from collectability, viability and historical precedent. Through Psychedelic Solution in NYC, he brought so many psychedelic artists to prominence, from poster artists to musicians, Rick Griffin to Giger, comics to just the best trip you will ever see on canvas. Alongside Tomaselli and McCormick, the three talk about their own experiences with psychedelics, how these types of art practices have an almost folkloric history and what the OAF will present from March 3—6, 2022 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC.
081: John Fekner on Broken Promises in NYC | Radio Juxtapoz
John Fekner is both a historian and pivotal artists who transformed the ways we looked at street art and graffiti. You know him for his work in the Bronx in the 1970s and early '80s, the massive stencil works that read BROKEN PROMISES and DECAY, painted upon what almost appeared to be the post-apocalyptic landscape of the city. His career started in the late 1960s, but found a voice working amongst the unique artists of the era that transformed the way we looked at the art on the streets.
As we look at a particular series of NYC artists in a new trilogy and new season of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we speak to Fekner on a winter morning about his history on the streets of NYC, how the city now reflects that late 1970s era, his collaborations with Don Leicht, Fashion Moda as a movement and why that era still resonates today. It's a history lesson and the moment as John sees it now.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 081 was recorded in February 2022 in London and NYC. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
080: A Vault by Vans Special | Radio Juxtapoz
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 080 was recorded in November, 2021 in Los Angeles, London and NYC. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
079: Nigel Howlett and the Face Before You Were Born | Radio Juxtapoz
"I’m interested in transhumanism and our evolution as a species which is where the futuristic suit and robotic gloves come from," says London-based painter Nigel Howlett when we interviewed him this past Fall. So much did his approach to art making interest us, we decided to sit down with him for an episode of our Radio Juxtapoz podcast.
London as an art capital seems to be evolving, with much of the artists changing addresses and a slew of younger galleries entering the diverse mix. Not only do we speak to Howlett about his work and that evolution, we speak with Ochuko Ojiri from the former Ramp Gallery and now curating his namesake space in Shoreditch, OJIRI gallery. Between Howlett and Ojiri, we learn about a unique time in London, where our preconceived ideas of the city.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 079 was recorded in early December 2021 in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
078: Peter Saul Passes the Torch to Anna Park | Radio Juxtapoz
When you have been a magazine for 28 years, you see generations ebb and flow and meld and combine and all of the above. Peter Saul, a pop artist who has been actively showing for nearly 70 years and is one of the most influential figurative painters in America, has seen trends and tastes change so much that he is a barometer for which we look at how figurative art is appreciated.
Anna Park is part of a new generation pf painters who are pushing figurative works in an original way, a blend of abstraction and contemporary life. Her rise from New York Academy of Art to international exhibitions has been refreshing and unique, her charcoal works depicting chaos, a vantage point at the edge of debauchery.
Peter and Anna are kindred spirits, even though their subject matter is often different. There is an absurdity grounded in reality in each of their works. So to say Peter is passing a torch seems apt, and Anna is taking it and changing the way we look at American painting. The occasion that Saul was speaking with Park and Juxtapoz was his honoring at the New York Academy of Art’s Artists for Artists gala on December 14th, for his immense contribution to painting and the Academy itself. In this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Saul and Park talk about their affinity for figures, the climate for which they first began to show their artwork and why NYAA is such a fertile ground for art.
077: Geoff McFetridge on Vault by Vans and How to Deconstruct an Idea | Radio Juxtapoz
Geoff McFetridge has rules, and he himself only knows how to break them. Or follow them, really. Over the course of multiple decades, the Canadian-born, LA-based painter, designer and overall creative has established an aesthetic that is, as he says, "the opposite of an idea." The funny thing is that, within that saying, there is basically the universe. He is the universal artist, and he is telling stories better than ever.
The following is our podcast conversation with Geoff that took place this summer with Juxtapoz editor-in-chief, Evan Pricco, for an interview that was to be in our Fall Quarterly and in conjunction with his upcoming release with Vault by Vans. We get a unique story about how Geoff approaches a collaboration, how his painting career took off over the last decade and the special personal stories he tells in his commercial work and his quiet ubiquitous body of fine artwork.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 077 was recorded in August, 2021 in Los Angeles and London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz